Bearcat Beat: Monroe High School in full swing

By Kailee Billerbeck, Contributing Writer
As always, there is a lot going on at Monroe High School. Friday was an eventful day for high school students. Two ASB members, Janae Vasatka and Alexa Thompson, partnered with Mount Vernon to collect food at Friday night's game. A competition as held to see which school could collect the most food cans at the game. As ASB was collecting food for the local food bank, Key Club was raising money for UNICEF. Instead of trick or treating for candy, these students went door to door asking for money to donate to a charity that helps young, impoverished kids all over the world. Great job to these selfless MHS students!
Bearcat Buddies is a unique program at the high school where MHS students have the opportunity to tutor and mentor 4th and 5th graders at local elementary schools. Their first session will be this Wednesday. There are still spots open for Fryelands and Salem Woods. Applications are located in the main office and counseling center, and students will need to fill out a volunteer packet as well. The applications should be submitted Ms. Sarr in room 806, and volunteer packets are to be turned into the main office.
The Veterans Day assembly is Thursday. If you have any last minute pictures, information, or people you know who want to be recognized, email The community is welcome to attend. Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and there will be no school.
Speaking of Veterans Day and the assembly, the band has been avidly preparing. They are also preparing for the MHS and 8th Grade Band Festival, approaching on Nov. 25.
"I love the idea of putting on a concert for the middle school kids,GÇ¥ said Sam Burke. "Not only does it get them excited to do band in high school, but it allows all the 8th graders to play together in a group for the first time.GÇ¥ The festival allows high school band students to play a few bits to show middle school kids what high school band is like.
Drama has also been busy at work preparing for their upcoming performance, "Ashland Falls.GÇ¥ Sage Basher mentioned, "A majority of the cast is seniors and so please come and support!GÇ¥ The play will be held in the MHS PAC Nov. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. General admission is $5 and the entrance fee for students is $3. Come support the MHS drama and watch the seniors perform in one of their last plays!
Two of our teams have made it to playoffs. Girls' soccer played in their first playoff game Saturday as well against Mount Vernon and lost, 1-0, in a very close game. Great job this season girls! Girls' volleyball played in their first playoff game Saturday and won 3-1 against Jackson. Due to their win, they will be playing tonight at 7 p.m. versus Kamiak. Football has also made playoffs and will be playing in their first game on Friday against Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham at 7:30 p.m.
All winter sports will begin on Nov. 17. If you are interested in boys or girls basketball, boys swim, or wrestling, make sure to sign up quick. Athletic packets can be found in the main office at the athletic desk.
Involvement is one of the best aspects of high school. Just find something you're passionate about and pursue it. If there isn't a club or team that interests you, you can always make one. In fact, last year Bennett Rolfson created two clubs: Literary Analysis Squad and Music Appreciation Club. There are so many clubs and teams doing great things at MHS, please try come support these incredible students!


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